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2014 Community Outreach at Sherwood!
December 31st, 2014 by Jessica Stanley

2014 was an exciting year for Sherwood’s Community Outreach Team. As our offices continue to grow, our employees are more passionate then ever to get into the community and use our skills and labor to improve the places we live and work. In 2014 we had 4 large volunteering events, as well as helped with several smaller events. Here are some pictures to re-cap the year.

Here’s to doing even more as we go into 2015!


ASCE YMF SF Wins Music Video Contest!
December 19th, 2014 by Sherwood

With the help of Sherwood Design Engineer employees, Alyson Goulden and Chris Boswell, our local San Francisco chapter of ASCE YMF created the winning Music Video Entry!  From ASCE “I can build with steel. I’ve got my P.E. seal — this is no big deal.” Watch the GRAND PRIZE WINNER and recipient of $5,000 in the Younger Member Category of ASCE’s Music Video Contest: San Francisco YMF!

Check it out (Click the image to be directed to YouTube for viewing)

ASCE YMF SF Music Video

ASCE YMF SF Music Video

Boeddeker Park Opening Ceremony
December 16th, 2014 by Sherwood

Sherwood Project Manager Jimmy Galvez attended the opening ceremony for Boeddeker Park  in San Francisco. To turn this project into a reality, the Trust for Public Land worked with community members and generous donors to realize a needed public space within the surrounding dense urban environment.

The park boasts a community garden, outdoor work-out equipment, a basketball court, and a children’s play area. It also provides an ADA accessible route despite 16 feet of grade change in a relatively small site.

In order to manage stormwater, Sherwood Design Engineers developed a strategy that diverts over 270,000 gallons of rain water away from the city’s combined sewer system annually. The system utilizes newly installed pervious pavement, vegetated swales and a Triton chamber management system to capture and infiltrate water from the 2 year – 24 hour storm event (storms under roughly 2.4 inches).


Lake Tahoe Water Quality Management
November 6th, 2014 by Sherwood

This post is authored by Sherwood blogging intern, and UC Davis Graduate student, Heather Sprague.

Lake TahoeDespite what the beautiful picture to the left may imply, this is not a blog about my summer vacation. I have the pleasure of conducting research on Lake Tahoe for my Master’s thesis at UC Davis. My group is under the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), which you may remember from Jessica’s post about volunteering at our Children’s Environmental Science Day! Though my project focuses more on physical processes within the lake, I am also interested in the water quality management practices in the basin. The watershed that drains into Lake Tahoe is quite small compared to the size of the lake. In fact, the watershed only encompasses about 500 square miles – an area less than three times larger than the surface area of the lake itself. Tahoe’s famous clarity is a result of this unique hydrologic system and the fact that over 78% of the watershed area is publicly managed forest land. It is the developed region around the lake that has contributed to the decline of water clarity in the last fifty years (see graph below). It is thus our duty to better manage runoff in this area in order to protect the pristine nature of the lake. Doing so, however, has proven to be a difficult task, especially in the midst of the current drought.


Children’s Environmental Science Day
August 21st, 2014 by Jessica Stanley

This blog is authored by Sherwood employee, Jessica Stanley.

This past weekend Sherwood Design Engineers volunteered at the Children’s Environmental Science Day hosted by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), with a huge amount of support from local agencies, non-profits, local businesses, and volunteers.

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The day was an educational opportunity for children ranging from ages 3-13, and their parents – the parents might have learned more than their kids! Hosted both indoors and outdoors at the TERC center in Incline Village, there were over 30 stations set up with volunteers teaching a huge range of topics-  native plant, fish, and wildlife species; forest fire defense; historical mining operations; the effects of climate change on the basin; watershed protection; and sustainable land practices were just a few. (more…)

Optimization of Water Systems
August 7th, 2014 by Wendy

This post is authored by Sherwood blogging intern, and UC Davis Graduate student, Heather Sprague.

Hello Sherwood blog followers!  Today’s post is brought to you by the letter O – for Optimization.  That’s what engineering is all about, wouldn’t you say?  Finding the best possible solution to the problem at hand.  Unfortunately, as we all know, finding the best solution, or even just defining what we want from a solution, is not an easy task.

Dr. JayDr. Jay Lund at University of California, Davis (UCD) has been tackling water use optimization problems for years.  It is a tough job to balance both ecological and societal needs when it comes to our water supply.  We need water, but so do the fish, the trees, the birds, the deer…  How is it possible to optimize a system for all parties?

“The biggest challenge,” Dr. Lund claims, “is to make sure we’re getting the most environmental-bang for our water-use-buck.  It’s reasonable to require urban and agricultural users to efficiently manage their water supply; it’s much harder to identify how natural environments can do the same.” 


Next Generation Infrastructure
July 15th, 2014 by admin

The following is authored by Sherwood San Francisco Intern, Rachel Gross.

SPUR Event June 11th, 2014 – Next Generation Infrastructure, Presented by Hillary Brown

SPUR recently hosted an event about Next Generation Infrastructure, where speaker Hillary Brown outlined some concepts from her book of the same name.  Brown, architect and founder of New Civic Works, stressed the need for a new generation of infrastructure (water, waste, power, IT, and transportation systems) that creates beneficial relationships between industry, the environment, and local people. This new type of infrastructure system, known as “infrastructural ecologies”, calls for “integration rather than segregation of functions” to capitalize on the efficiencies that emerge from exchanging resources.


The SF Office Goes Back to College
June 24th, 2014 by admin

Currently, the University of California, Berkeley is revitalizing a large and busy part of campus called Lower Sproul. This project costs around $223 million and is funded by current and future students through extra fees in tuition (source: At a time when tuition hikes are a sensitive topic, the student body made the progressive decision to raise their own tuition fees in order to provide an innovative and valuable resource to future students. As a result, this project has an outstanding amount of support and buy-in from the students on exactly what they want. From stakeholder meetings with the students it was very clear that sustainability and responsible water management was a primary concern. (more…)

Alta Laguna Site Visit in SF!
June 19th, 2014 by Sherwood

The following is authored by Sherwood New York Intern, Anna Kramer.

While visiting the office in San Francisco, I was given the opportunity to tour a project site with Miwa Ng, a design engineer at Sherwood. The project site is located at 100 and 218 Buchanan St. on the edge of the Lower Haight District and extends a full square block. When the building is complete, it will be a multi-family residence and green space.  I saw the site in the midst of construction that  began last summer and is expected to last through 2015.


Annual Regional SHPE Conference
May 20th, 2014 by Sherwood

This past April, Sherwood was represented by project manager, Jimmy Galvez, as he led member of the local San Francisco Bay Area chapter (SFBA) of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at the Region 1 – Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) held at California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo.